Re: info on valuing tools?
- Ulfhedinn is correct.
But there are some oportunities.
You should first look up a new product price of the highest calliber. Lets say chisles. Be specific in your search online or in a store.
Beware of the cheep stuff and recognize it!
The highest quality may cost $100.00
A Good quality may cost $60
a servicable one may cost $25-30
a cheep one is $7.00 ( this one is only good for scraping cement since it will never hold an edge)
How you have done some home work. Even though Collectors pay way too mutch for most antique tools. It is hard to find contemporary equivellents in construction materials. Like using virgin steel.
look up that and see what happens to the price of your new tool. All of the sudden a long in the blade chisle selling at $20 is not too bad a deal. Especialy since it's eqiv. would cost over $60.
I have no idea what you are realy looking for, but what ever it is you are not likely to find a deal on the table with each tool carefully laied out. Lightly oiled to a nice sheen. Maybe velvet That would be so nice.
You would be better off looking for a box of rusty stuff to dig in.
If you don't have to ask "Hey HOW Much for this old thing?" Then you are probibly getting ripped off! LOL
A rule an old antique dealer told me. If you are going to do business with some one over and over. Pay what they ask for the first thing you buy. On the second make a low but reasonable offer. This way they know you are spending money and not just playing with them.
Last note; Tools are like collecting coins
If you know anything about the value of silver you will notice that a quarter made of silver is worth about $2.50 (est) and the very next year not made from solid silver is worth $0.50
In this very generic case the metal collector will pay far more than the coin collector on the first coin, and far less on the second coin.
You and the tool collector are at odds as a tool user. But there are times the user prevails.